Two Broadway Professionals coming to MST this Season

twobroadway_2Theater students from all over the Bay Area are preparing for a chance to work with two Broadway professionals this summer.  Marin Summer Theater is proud to announce that both Jim Poulos and Drew Gasparini will be joining the MST staff for the 2012 season.

A MST Guest Director in 2011, Poulos will return to Novato in 2012 to direct “The Importance of Being Earnest” for MST.  Gasparini will serve as Musical Director for “Spring Awakening”.  Pat Nims, MST Artistic Director, will direct “Legally Blonde”  the third and final show of the MST season.


On Broadway Poulos starred as Mark Cohen in “Rent” and Huck Finn in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.   Across the country, he has been seen in the national touring productions of “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Graduate”, and “South Pacific”. He has worked with Hal Prince, Susan Stroman, Michael Greif, Jerry Zaks and Paul Gemignani.  Jim is an alumni of San Marin High School, class of 1990.

Gasparini is the creator of the musical “Crazy Just Like Me.”  “Crazy Just Like Me” has won numerous awards including “Best of Fest” at the 2011 New York Musical Theater Festival along with an honorable mention for “Best Book.”  “Crazy Just Like Me” is scheduled to open off Broadway in Fall 2012.twobroadway_1

“Last year we were so lucky to have Jim direct “Songs For a New World”, said Nims.  “This year not only do we get Jim back but we are double blessed to have Drew.  Both of these gentlemen are true professionals who are willing to give back to their community and inspire a new generation of performers.”

Bouket Fingerhut, a MST 2011 company member who appeared in ”Songs For A New World” and “West Side Story” said that working with Poulos was “a learning experience any hopeful star would kill for.”  Zena Rea, also a Songs cast member said "Amazing. He taught us things about performing I'll be using for the rest of my life."  Cast member Lauren Sutton-Beattie added "It was an incredible experience to work with him. He truly is a master of the craft. He made us all understand the "spirit" of performing, and taught us to honor the authors, the work, and our own contributions to what we were doing."

Auditions for MST are on March 24 and March 31 by appointment.  Appointments may be scheduled by visiting  “Audition slots are going fast, but times are still available.  Students can also submit recorded auditions”, said Nims.  Appointments and applications are available at

To help students prepare for auditions, MST is offering a free Audition Workshop at San Marin High School on Saturday, March 17, from 10am to 12pm.  During the workshop students will learn more about the shows to be produced and the audition process.  In addition, each student will be taught a song, a dance and a monologue that they can use in their audition.  There is no requirement for a student to attend the workshop, but it is a great opportunity to meet the staff and prepare a polished audition.  MST has also posted audition tips on its web site.